Tufts Collaborates

Tufts Collaborates Seed Grants Awarded for 2015-2016 Academic Year

The Offices of the Provost and Vice Provost for Research are pleased to announce the awardees of the 5th Round of the Tufts Collaborates Seed Grant Program. Seed grants have been awarded for 22 new projects, joining the 93 previously awarded projects promoting interdisciplinary collaboration across Tufts University for years to come. We thank the many faculty and staff who submitted excellent proposals, not only making the grant decisions particularly challenging, but also indicating the widespread commitment to collaborative research across Tufts.

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Effects of MicroRNAs in Oral and Craniofacial Bone Regeneration

Jake Chen, Department of Biological Science Research, School of Dental Medicine
Qisheng Tu, Department of Biological Science Research, School of Dental Medicine;
Qiaobing Xu, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering
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Establishing the Wildlife Tissue Bank at Tufts (WTBT)

Julie Ellis, Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Flo Tseng, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine;
David Lapointe, Research and Geospatial Technology Services, Tufts Technology Services;
Alicia Morris, Acquisitions/Cataloging and Metadata Services, Tisch Library
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Sperm MicroRNAs as Biomarkers for Susceptibility to Psychiatric Disorders across Generations

Larry Feig, Department of Developmental, Molecular and Cellular Biology, School of Medicine
Kelly Pagidas, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Tufts Medical Center
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Function and Regulation of V-ATPases in Dendritic Cells

Michael Forgac, Department of Developmental, Molecular and Cellular Biology, School of Medicine
Miguel Stadecker, Department of Integrative Physiology and Pathobiology, School of Medicine
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Role of Caspases in the Life Cycle of Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus

Marta Gaglia, Molecular Biology and Microbiology, School of Medicine
Alexei Degterev, Developmental, Molecular and Chemical Biology, School of Medicine
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Combining 3D Tissue Human Models and Novel Imaging Platforms to Understand Fibrotic Diseases

Jonathan Garlick, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, School of Dental Medicine
Irene Georgakoudi, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering
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Structure of an Emerging Village Sign Language in Turkey

Ray Jackendoff, Department of Philosophy, School of Arts and Sciences
Ariel Cohen-Goldberg, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences;
Rabia Ergin, Cognitive Science PhD Program, School of Engineering/School of Arts and Sciences;
Naomi Caselli, Cognitive Science PhD Program, School of Engineering/School of Arts and Sciences
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Regulatory Solutions to Improving Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the Bangladeshi Garment Sector: Exploring Effects in US and European Supplier Factories

Jette Steen Knudsen, Instruction, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Elizabeth Remick, Department of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences;
Drusilla Brown, Department of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences
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Structure-Based Design of Inhibitors of JC Virus Replication

Joshua Kritzer, Department of Chemistry, School of Arts and Sciences
Peter Bullock, Department of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
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Comparative Global Humanities

Lisa Lowe, Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences
Kris Manjapra, Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences;
Kamran Rastegar, Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literature, School of Arts and Sciences;
Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences;
Adlai Murdoch, Department of Romance Languages, School of Arts and Sciences
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Elucidating the Neural Circuitry of Drug Taking Behavior

Jamie Maguire, Department of Neuroscience, School of Medicine
Klaus Miczek, Department of Psychology, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
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The Role of the Gut-Brain Axis in Stress Hyporesponsiveness

Phyllis Mann, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Giovanni Widmer, Department of Molecular Biology of Protozoan Parasites, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
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Combination Regimen to Prevent Obesity-Promoted Colon Cancer: Animal Studies

Joel Mason, Vitamins and Carcinogen Laboratory, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
Qiaobing Xu, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering;
Mohsen Meydani, Vascular Biology Laboratory, Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
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Development of a Novel Pig Model of Dengue Infection

Jean Mukherjee, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Diane Schmidt, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine;
Lee Gehrke, Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology, Harvard Medical School;
Irene Bosch, Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology, Harvard Medical School
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The Psychology of Acting (and Spectating) in Color: A Study of Race, Color and Culture in Performance

Monica White Ndounou, Department of Drama and Dance, Arts and Sciences
Keith Maddox, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences
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Assessing Exposures and Respiratory Health in Cambodian Asbestos Abatement Workers

Cora Roelofs, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, School of Medicine
Amy Chi, Tufts Medical Center
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Schistosome Surface Proteins as Vaccine Candidates

Patrick Skelly, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School Of Veterinary Medicine
David Kaplan, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering
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Study of Significance of Self-Cleansing of Tooth Surface Polished Down to Nanoscale

Igor Sokolov, Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering
Gerard Kugel, Department of Research Administration, School of Dental Medicine;
Driss Zoukhri, Department of Research Administration, School of Dental Medicine;
Athena Papas, Department of General Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine;
Ronald Perry, Department of Research Administration, School of Dental Medicine
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Development of hADAM8 Camelid Antibodies for the Treatment of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Gail Sonenshein, Department of Developmental, Molecular and Cellular Biology, School of Medicine
Charles Shoemaker, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
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Transparent Flexible Graphene Electrode Array for Combined Electrical/Optical Monitoring of Neural Activity

Sameer Sonkusale, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering
Chris Dulla, Department of Neuroscience, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
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Electrical Activity of Neuronal Networks Measured by Atomic Force Microscopy

Cristian Staii, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences
David Kaplan, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering;
Fiorenzo Omenetto, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering;
James Schwob, Department of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
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Unlocking the Mystery of Ultra-Efficient Solar Cells under Concentration

Tom Vandervelde, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering
James Adler, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences;
Margaret Stevens, Department of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering;
David Emerson, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences
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